Patti Smith: sold out at Teatro Menotti


Mayor Umberto de Augustinis: “It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome her in Spoleto”

The audience of a sold out Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti applauded Patti Smith with a standing ovation at the end of a concert closed with ‘People Have The Power’. Spoleto was chosen by the artist herself because “the city is famous all over the world for its concerts and shows, its history and its culture”. But also because, as she simply added, “I wished to sing here”.

At the end of the concert, behind the scenes, Patti Smith met the mayor Umberto de Augustinis (who gave her a plaque in the name of the city of Spoleto) and the Councillor for Culture Ada Urbani. “It was a pleasure and an honor to have had an artist of this caliber at the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti – said mayor de Augustinis – a true intergenerational icon who was welcomed by the audience with great enthusiasm and great passion.”

After November 26 in Trieste, yesterday evening a new date of the ‘Words and music’ tour was staged, with the “rock priestess” who wanted theatres in the city to be carefully selected on the basis of their beauty and artistic uniqueness. Spoleto could not miss it. Untiring and subversive, during the concert at the Menotti she was accompanied by Tony Shanahan (acoustic guitar and bass) and her daughter Jesse, on the piano.

In Spoleto, in the city of the Festival dei Due Mondi, the artist chose not only to sing and play but also to interpret a sonnet by Petrarch. However, she recited it in English “because Italian is beautiful, but I can’t speak it”, Smith joked from the stage.

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